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HPG Partner Speaking at TSHRM Meeting

Industries: ERISA

Services: Audit and Accounting

RALEIGH, N.C. (March 23, 2010)  Hughes Pittman & Gupton, LLP (, the largest CPA firm headquartered and staffed in the Research Triangle Park region of North Carolina, announces today that firm partner, J. Mark Livingston, CPA, will be the featured speaker at the March 25 Triangle Society of Human Resource Management meeting.

Livingston will be discussing several steps that can be taken to prepare for an annual ERISA audit and how to minimize workflow disturbance during the process. The federal government generally requires companies to have their benefit plans audited annually if they have more than 100 participants. The audit requires access to company information, as well as employee HR records.

“Audits can cause anxious moments for many companies as they try to pull information together,” says Livingston. “Hopefully, this discussion can alleviate the stress and help organize data, expediting the process.”

Livingston has 26 years of CPA experience serving growth companies and their owners. He has an extensive background in audit and financial reporting of employee benefit plans and serves as HPG’s Designated Audit Partner on file with the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants’ Employee Benefit Plan Audit Quality Center, or EBPAQC. Prior to joining HPG as a partner in 2001, he worked for two national accounting and consulting firms.

About Hughes Pittman & Gupton, LLP (HPG):

HPG is the largest CPA firm headquartered and staffed in the Research Triangle Park region of North Carolina, as ranked by the Triangle Business Journal. More than just an accounting firm, HPG assists clients in looking beyond the bottom line by being the right people, right value and right firm to achieve each client’s definition of success. HPG is a member of CPAmerica International and affiliated with the Horwath alliances of firms, with offices worldwide. The firm leverages this to provide national and global accounting resources to its clients. HPG offers a wide array of business accounting, auditing, corporate tax and management advisory services. Specialties include serving owner-managed, investor-backed technology and life science organizations, healthcare services, real estate development, manufacturing and distribution businesses, as well as providing ERISA audits, family wealthcare services and Sarbanes-Oxley internal audit services.

HPG has remained committed to advancing a thriving Triangle community since its founding in 1983. In recognition, the firm is the recipient of two Pinnacle Business Awards by the Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce; the 2009 Large Entrepreneurial Business Award and the 2010 Integrity in Business Award. Several HPG partners are also the recipients of excellence awards, including the CED Outstanding Service and Entrepreneurial awards, Business Leader Magazine’s Impact Financial Leader and Dealmaker recognitions, and the Triangle Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 and Women in Business awards. Visit of follow HPG on Twitter at